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Lisa Caravan

Lisa Caravan Assistant Professor
218 Goodwin Hall
(334) 844-8192


Lisa Caravan joins the faculty of the Music Department and Curriculum and Teaching Department at Auburn University. Previously she served as lecturer in the Music Department at Buffalo State University of New York.

Dr. Caravan is an experienced performer in solo and chamber recitals and orchestral concerts.  As soloist, Dr. Caravan has appeared with the Greater Rochester Women’s Orchestra and the Credo Summer Orchestra at the Warner Concert Hall in Oberlin Conservatory. She also was a prizewinner in the Atonement Bach Festival Series Competition.

Dr. Caravan served as the assistant principal cellist in the Binghamton Philharmonic in Binghamton, NY, from 2006-2011. She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mercury Opera Orchestra and held principal cello positions with the Greater Rochester Women’s Orchestra, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra, the Temple University Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with pianists Kevin Moore and Sar Shalom Strong, and clarinetist/saxophonist, Ronald L. Caravan. Most recently she performed with Todd Wilson, Head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, at the 2009 Celebrity recital series sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Eastman School, WXXI, and three local churches.

Dr. Caravan is committed to the performance of new music. On the Temple University campus in Rock Hall, she premiered two compositions written specifically for her degree recital: Prelude, Cadenza and Rondo by Walter S. Hartley and Overture, Cadenza, and Scherzo by Ronald L. Caravan for alto saxophone, violoncello and piano.  She collaborated with violinist Jo Nardolillo in the premiere performance of Cutting Contest by living composer Mark Olivieri, and performed Kamran Ince’s MKG Variations for solo cello and other works by Olivieri and Jonathan Miller in Heidelberg College’s New Music Festival. 

An avid teacher in the Rochester area, Dr. Caravan began her teaching career as a strings teacher at the elementary and secondary level, and while in Rochester was on the faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, the Kanack Suzuki School of Music and SCOR! (String Camp of Rochester)

Dr. Caravan received her Master of Music degree in performance and literature along with the Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris, and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and performance from Temple University with Jeffrey Solow as her primary cello instructor.  She recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.  As a teaching assistant in the music education department, she supervised student teachers and assisted with string teacher preparation courses.  Dr. Caravan is the first recipient of the Donald Shelter Music Education Prize and recently received Eastman’s 2009-2010 Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Caravan has presented her research at the Alabama Music Educator Conference and has presented with colleague, Abigail McHugh-Grifa, at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota and New York State School Music Association in Rochester, New York.  Her research interests include cello pedagogy, small muscle development in young string performers, and teacher preparation.

Last updated September 04, 2012

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